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(StillGoing) urlhasbeenblocked - 2048MB RAM, 50GB Disk, 2TB Bandwidth, 2x IP address $40or$30/year - 4 Location Choices

SlickFerret 1,029 March 18, 2013 at 06:28 PM in Internet & Websites (3)
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urlhasbeenblocked is now offering a 2GB VPS for $40 per year, this time with 2 IPv4 addresses and now offer an additional location option (Atlanta)

UPDATE: The wiki went bye-bye, don't know why. Look at post 5 for most of what was in there.

UPDATE: I just found a code that seems to give you almost the same deal at $30, 2GBYR
More info from Kevin:
to clarify about the $30/yr deal. It is valid for the "Enterprise" plan listed here: http://urlhasbeenblocked.net/openvz.html. It only includes 1x IP, and is only valid for our Chicago, Buffalo, and LA location (Not Atlanta). The $40/yr STEALOFADEAL offer is separate order links like I gave you earlier, and includes 2 IP addresses. It is also available in our new location Atlanta.

This is not technically a repost, because the other thread about this particular deal got deleted. The STEALOFADEAL offer actually costs $10 more than the previous deals, and it comes with 2 IP addresses.

2048MB (2GB) Dedicated Ram
50 GB Diskspace
2TB Monthly Bandwidth
100Mbps Port
2x IPv4 Address with STEALOFADEAL
1x IPv4 Address with 2GBYR code, but $10 less, but no Atlanta
SolusVM/OpenVZ
Instant Setup (most of the time)
Free Backups
3 or 4 Location Choices: Los Angeles, Chicago, Buffalo, (Atlanta on the $40 code)

$40/year with promo code "STEALOFADEAL" & 2 IP addresses
Order in Chicago, IL - https://billing.chicagovps.net/ca...dd&pid=160
Order in Buffalo, NY - https://billing.chicagovps.net/ca...dd&pid=161
Order in Los Angeles, CA - https://billing.chicagovps.net/ca...dd&pid=162
Order in Atlanta, GA - https://billing.chicagovps.net/ca...dd&pid=163

$30/yr deal. with 1 IP address and no Atlanta
http://urlhasbeenblocked.net/openvz.html - Choose Enterprise, 1 year recurring


The promo code to use is STEALOFADEAL or 2GBYR- over $200+ in savings Just be sure to select the 12 month billing cycle when ordering then on the next page you will find the option to enter in the promo code. This price doesn't go up after the year is up either.

When signing up, use an easy password, and change it later. Some folks had trouble with complicated password during signup.

Disclaimer: I don't work for, nor am I anyway associated with urlhasbeenblocked. I have one VPS with this company, and I paid $40 for it. They aren't giving me anything. Yes, I know they should, but they haven't. shake head

What is this, you may ask? It is an online Linux computer that you have root access to, and can install and run practically anything. Read the TOS, 'cause that doesn't include P2P sharing, folding, bit coin mining, seti stuff, and anything else stupid like that, that might kill the performance for everyone else.

Anyways, like I said, you get root access to a Linux box, and when you screw that up, no problem, they give you a control panel that lets you reinstall a new OS in minutes. Pretty cool. With a small effort, you can even vnc into it with a full GUI.

Don't expect the world from this, you get more than you pay for. Think twice before you bet your business on this, although I think there are people that do.

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#406
Quote from plumberg View Post :
Can you share Ubuntu steps? I am trying the same on my local ubuntu setup... TIA.
Same. Thanks!
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#407
Quote from SlickFerret View Post :
LMAO
And you, sir, are a master of the understatement!

5) you still need to set up a server
And don't you need to get the certs off the server onto the device?

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have it more secure. But for the opportunity cost with time/frustration involved with openvpn, do i gain much? I'm just looking to keep the casual snooper from wifi sniffing me. And make it easy for family to use. Is pptp that bad?

I actually tried to get openvpn working on the ipad before I went with pptp. Which is why I went with pptp, turns out it's way easier. Paste some commands in, bam, done. If someone could explain why pptp is real bad for what I'm using it for, I might try openvpn again...
Based on my research the weak part of pptp is the authentication. Attackers can capture your traffic and mschap can be brute forced in a few days. Then they can connect to the vpn as you.
It is not clear to me that once they brute force your hashed authentication token whether they can now decrypt your traffic.

So I think it's fine for just stopping snooping of your traffic. If the attacker was going to go through the effort for spending a day to brute force your authentication token, they can probably find other ways of snooping on you. After all, the traffic is unencrypted leaving your vps.
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#408
I tried to send Kevin a pm a couple of time but no response so I will ask here.

I want to set up a Joomla / Moodle site for distance language learning. Could I use this hosting for that purpose and would it be a good solution?
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#409
Quote from CMantis View Post :
I tried to send Kevin a pm a couple of time but no response so I will ask here.

I want to set up a Joomla / Moodle site for distance language learning. Could I use this hosting for that purpose and would it be a good solution?
You can use it, but I would prefer Drupal instaed of Joomla.
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#410
Quote from CMantis View Post :
I tried to send Kevin a pm a couple of time but no response so I will ask here.

I want to set up a Joomla / Moodle site for distance language learning. Could I use this hosting for that purpose and would it be a good solution?
Yes, you can do that. If you feel comfortable installing a web server, and managing security and backups of the server. There will be no one to step in and help you if you mis-click and delete all your data, ban yourself with a firewall, or get hacked. As long as you're comfortable with that scenario, then go for it.
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#411
Quote from Lanarchy View Post :
Yes, you can do that. If you feel comfortable installing a web server, and managing security and backups of the server. There will be no one to step in and help you if you mis-click and delete all your data, ban yourself with a firewall, or get hacked. As long as you're comfortable with that scenario, then go for it.
Having no experience doing so how hard is that to accomplish. I am a quick learner and can certainly follow a tutorial. Are there perhaps packages which simplify this process? You make it sound rather daunting.
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#412
Quote from CMantis View Post :
Having no experience doing so how hard is that to accomplish. I am a quick learner and can certainly follow a tutorial. Are there perhaps packages which simplify this process? You make it sound rather daunting.
Its not bad until you get hacked. You're better off going with a shared hosting provider, they run around the same $$ per year.
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#413
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Having no experience doing so how hard is that to accomplish. I am a quick learner and can certainly follow a tutorial. Are there perhaps packages which simplify this process? You make it sound rather daunting.
Don't mean to make it sound terrible. It's just a lot of responsibility that not everyone is ready for. Just making sure you know what you're getting.
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There will be no one to step in and help you if you ban yourself with a firewall.
I've seen in the VPS control panel an option to set up a terminal for an hour or so. I started to try it once when my server was off line. It said it set up a terminal at a different IP than my vps, with a random looking port, with no other instructions. That's as far as I got before my vps came back on line. I was wondering if anyone has tried this, and gotten in when you firewalled yourself out accidentially. I mean, why else would you use it if you could get in via ssh?
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Quote from CMantis View Post :
Having no experience doing so how hard is that to accomplish. I am a quick learner and can certainly follow a tutorial. Are there perhaps packages which simplify this process? You make it sound rather daunting.
My suggestion if you're unsure is to get Virtualbox (https://www.virtualbox.org/), which is a free VM program, and an ISO of the linux distribution you're likely to use, and try it! Try to stick to just the command prompt if you can, as that's all you've got until you setup a GUI or web-based control panel.

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I've seen in the VPS control panel an option to set up a terminal for an hour or so. I started to try it once when my server was off line. It said it set up a terminal at a different IP than my vps, with a random looking port, with no other instructions. That's as far as I got before my vps came back on line. I was wondering if anyone has tried this, and gotten in when you firewalled yourself out accidentially. I mean, why else would you use it if you could get in via ssh?
I've used this and can confirm it works (heck, at the time, my VPS didn't even have a network interface and it worked).

It's a java-based ssh client; after the java applet loads, it will be pre-filled with the correct IP, port, and username. You have to use the password that's on the page, right above the java applet, hidden by a little arrow you have to click to expand (I totally missed this the first 10 times I tried to login...).
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#416
As far as I can tell, the ufw firewall disappeared from the Ubuntu 12.04 image recently, it's not there if you reinstall. If you apt-get it, it doesn't seem to allow any ports through, and I locked myself out when I logged out with it enabled. I tested it out after allowing ssh, then enabling it, by trying to ssh from a 2nd computer while staying logged in with the 1st. I could not get in until I disabled it. Not that I'm joe ubuntu or anything...

So I came up with some basic iptables rules... No guarantees, but they work for me. I tried to install iptables-persistent to make the rules survive the reboot, but it errored out, so I found a workaround.

If you try them out, don't do the 2nd code set until you tested out everything, that way you can reboot and hopefully be back to where you were. Use at your own risk. Btw, if you later add a port to unblock, add it to the code then run it all with the flush command so it doesn't get added after the drop, and never take effect. Use 'iptables -L' to list your current rules.
Code:
#setup iptables
iptables -F # flush existing rules

# next 2 rules allow all outgoing traffic from vps
iptables -I OUTPUT -o venet0 -d 0.0.0.0/0 -j ACCEPT
iptables -I INPUT -i venet0 -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT

#remove leading pound sign to unblock ports needed below, not the one after ACCEPT

#iptables -A INPUT -i ppp+ -j ACCEPT # ppp, for pptp
#iptables -A OUTPUT -o ppp+ -j ACCEPT # ppp, for pptp
#iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 1723 -j ACCEPT #pptp
#iptables -A INPUT -p  47 -j ACCEPT #gre, for pptp
#iptables -A OUTPUT -p 47 -j ACCEPT #gre, for pptp
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT #ssh
#iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 25 -j ACCEPT #smtp
#iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT #dns
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT # http
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 443 -j ACCEPT # https
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 5901 -j ACCEPT # vnc display 1
#iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 10000 -j ACCEPT # webmin
iptables -A INPUT -j DROP
iptables-save -c > /etc/iptables.rules
Code:
#ending lines restore rules after reboot

/etc/network/if-pre-up.d/iptablesload
echo '#!/bin/sh'>/etc/network/if-pre-up.d/iptablesload
echo 'iptables-restore < /etc/iptables.rules'>>/etc/network/if-pre-up.d/iptablesload
echo 'exit 0'>>/etc/network/if-pre-up.d/iptablesload
echo '#!/bin/sh'>/etc/network/if-post-down.d/iptablessave
echo 'iptables-save -c > /etc/iptables.rules'>>/etc/network/if-post-down.d/iptablessave
echo 'exit 0'>>/etc/network/if-post-down.d/iptablessave
chmod +x /etc/network/if-post-down.d/iptablessave
chmod +x /etc/network/if-pre-up.d/iptablesload
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#417
Quote from highlifelight View Post :
If you'd have used ubuntu, I could have helped you. It's very easy on there.
any help? using Ubuntu, I am in the same boat, it says "This media server is unavailable to you.
Please check that you have permission to access this media server.". How do I setup the tunnel? I am using Windows as my host computer and connect to the vps via putty.

---

Actually, i just got the server published via SSH tunneling via putty. http://freevps.us/thread-5186.html
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#418
Quote from SlickFerret View Post :
... I locked myself out when I logged out with it enabled. I tested it out after allowing ssh, then enabling it, by trying to ssh from a 2nd computer while staying logged in with the 1st. I could not get in until I disabled it. Not that I'm joe ubuntu or anything...
Not to threadcrap or detract from your instructional post in any way (because I've done it too), but I did want to point out to everyone that should you find yourself somehow unable to get back into your machine, you can get into a special Chicago VPS area using a username/password that was e-mailed to you with something like cvps_####. There, you can find a button/link for a secured command prompt/shell where you can log into the server "as-if" you're standing right infront of it.

That goes for every distribution as well, not just Ubuntu, as it's an ability on the virtual-server-level.
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#419
Quote from SlickFerret View Post :
I've seen in the VPS control panel an option to set up a terminal for an hour or so. I started to try it once when my server was off line. It said it set up a terminal at a different IP than my vps, with a random looking port, with no other instructions. That's as far as I got before my vps came back on line. I was wondering if anyone has tried this, and gotten in when you firewalled yourself out accidentially. I mean, why else would you use it if you could get in via ssh?
That's true. I mean, if you block yourself, there will be no one to tell you what command to run to unban yourself, or re-open the right port, etc.
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#420
Instant setup at LA a couple weeks ago, and instant setup this morning at Chicago. This is great (just don't crash)!
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